ARM and troppo’s New Museum of the Northern Territory

ARM, in association with troppo, have just been appointed to design the new Museum of the Northern Territory.

The social-history museum will focus strongly on the stolen generation, but also feature other Territory cultures and histories, migration, WWII and Cyclone Tracy.

“It will tell the Territory’s story…from the world’s most ancient culture, through the European pioneers, our pastoral history, our frontline role in WWII through to modern times. It’s a history built on our large families of Aboriginal, Chinese, Greek and many others’ ancestries.”

—NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner 

The museum’s Myilly Point location is a historical landmark in itself and our design will reflect and acknowledge its identity. It is the site of the former Kahlin Compound where Larrakia and other Indigenous people, including children of the stolen generation, were forced to live between 1913 and 1939.  Also on the site was the old Darwin Hospital, which was opened in 1942, bombed just 17 days later, and then devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

Why us?

Because ARM has designed international-standard cultural buildings around Australia, including the National Museum of Australia and the Galleries of Remembrance.

And because troppo’s architects know the people, places and nuances of the NT inside out. troppo is a practice of regionally based studios where they design regionally responsive architecture.

Our team also includes New York-based exhibition designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

“It’s early days, but we’re imagining the Museum as the gateway to Darwin and the broader Northern Territory—a must-do visit for people who travel through Darwin and then move into the greater NT landscape. We’re thinking of this future, but we’re also keeping our eye on the past and addressing the site’s difficult history.”

—ARM Director Andrew Lilleyman